Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Review – Kindred Spirits Bk2 - Hunter's Light – Jude Mason & Jenna Byrnes

 

Title: Kindred Spirit Bk2: Hunter’s Light 

Author: Jude Mason & Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Total-E-bound

Main Characters: David Sanderson & Hunter Pierce

A haunted lighthouse, a handsome keeper and one freelance writer with a penchant for ghosts keep things hopping at Whiskers' Seaside Inn.

David Sanderson arrives at Whiskers' Seaside Inn, excited by the prospect of investigating the local ghosts. He's a freelance writer with a keen sense of the supernatural and enthusiasm to spare. When the ghosts fail to make an appearance, David is directed to the Harbour Point Light, where an active spirit is known to exist. And one handsome lighthouse keeper.

Hunter Pierce isn't sure he wants someone writing an article about his lighthouse and the ghost who inhabits it. He lives a quiet, solitary life in his little house by the tower and doesn't relish the idea of tourists taking over the place.

Their priorities might clash, but David and Hunter mesh in all the ways that count. Can an intense physical relationship be enough? And are there more ghosts at the lighthouse than the captain? Someone doesn't like David hanging around. David vows to figure out why, and hopefully, in the process, figure out what to do with the new love he's found.

 

Ethan had just opened his mouth to add something when two more good-looking men came into the lobby from the seaside entrance. One, a tall, bronze-skinned fellow wearing a pair of cut-off jeans and a ragged T-shirt, had dark eyes and a warm smile.

The other one captivated David’s interest. Tall with shaggy, blond hair, he sported a short, well-trimmed beard that made David’s heart skip a beat. He’d always been a sucker for facial hair. He decided the rest of the guy wasn’t bad, either. The khaki shorts and tank did little to hide the man’s body. His physique was amazing, and David’s breath caught. He wouldn’t mind getting acquainted with this hottie.

The men were talking, almost loud enough for David to make out their conversation but not quite. Unfortunately, they didn’t approach but paused and said their goodbyes. The bearded hunk veered away and walked out of the inn. David watched him until he was nearly out of sight.

The owner of the inn spoke in a cheerful voice, dragging David’s attention back inside. “Hey, Cade, I didn’t expect to see you until later.” He took a step towards the newcomer and held out his hand. Instead of shaking, as David had expected, Ethan dragged the man close and gave him a hug.

“I finished sooner than I thought I would.” The man returned the embrace then backed away, looking David squarely in the eye. “Hi, I’m Cade Wyatt, handyman and partner to this guy.” He patted Ethan on the arm affectionately.

David gaped for a moment. He wasn’t used to seeing men act so familiarly with each other, but liked it. “Nice to meet you. I’m David Sanderson. Just arrived from the interior.”

“Mr. Sanderson’s going to be doing some ghost research. He’ll be around for a few days, at least.”

Cade looked at David, a wry grin on his face. “So, our ghost stories are getting around, are they?”

David wasn’t sure if the man was trying to make fun of him or simply making conversation. Deciding to tread carefully, he replied, “It would seem so. The rumours, anyway.”

Cade nodded. “The ghosts are here. I’m sure you’ll find one or two for your research.”

David thought he was serious. He couldn’t be sure, looking into the man’s eyes. They seemed to contain a spark of mischief. A long, blond ponytail down his back bespoke a streak of independence.

Hunter’s Light © Jude mason & Jenna Byrnes

 

Review

David Sanderson is tired and after a long drive he just wants to relax, he’s however excited about reaching his destination – The Whiskers' Seaside Inn. As a freelance journalist he searches all over the country for any and all news about the paranormal and this little inn kept popping up, so here he was to find out what all the to do was about.

Nothing goes as planned for David, he cannot find anyone to talk about the ghostly activities that are happening at the inn and he has been firmly warned about questioning any of the inn’s guest. He almost gets himself into a snit when he is directed to the lighthouse to have a word with the owner – as he might be able to help with his investigation.

Things could not have gone more right or more wrong for that matter when he meets Hunter Pierce. Hunter is the lighthouse keeper and not a sweet loving soul or like any of the other men that David has met so far, he was more. Their first meeting did not go well but David had finally found what he has been looking for and it seems the light house might just hold a three for one deal for him and he was so not giving up on the chance to find out more about the ghostly residents and hunter himself.

Hunter has something to say about this and he knows just what to do and say to cut into David’s headlong drive into exposing the secret of the cliff’s. Hunter has clear ideas about what he wants from David and is only hampered by his job and the lighthouse – David has to make a decision because Hunter has a volatile temper and he is clearly a man of his word.

HUNTER’S LIGHT is the second in the Kindred Spirit series by Mason and Byrnes and I am really not sure of my feeling for this book. As soon as  I got the book I dropped everything and I mean everything and read it.

On one hand the book surpassed my expectations and even went as far as highlighting some area that I didn’t even think about in reading this series. However somewhere in the middle of the book it just feels ordinary and for that reason the book felt like three parts of a whole, because the ending was definitely the defining moment of this book and this made the book all worth while for me.  

 

Positive

Firstly – I am very pleased that the second book took a relatively short time to be published. For me this is one of the positive of epubs, it cuts out quite a bit of the wait and as a reader I am loving it.

There is a lot more definition to the Inn – in HUNTER’S LIGHT more of the interior of the inn is described and the ladies does make it sound like the ideal getting away place to be.

I liked the fact that the main protags were open to ghostly possibilities – this cut out some of the adjusting to otherworldly creatures and makes getting to the heart of the matter much easier…

I actually have done a re-read of this book because I did not realise that I was not yet ready to let go of Ethan and Cade from the first book ETHAN’S CHOICE, The ladies showed me where they were in their relationship as well as in their professional life and I was very pleased to see all that they had achieved. Thank you.

There’s one voyeuristic moment that felt so intrusive –but I was just as caught up as David and I could not look away  – watching two beautiful people giving each other pleasure – Just totally did it for me.. A while ago I made the following comment about Ms. Mason

….however Ms. mason has created a scenario where I could be easily converted to a voyeur without no pressure at at…

Erotic Horizon © Scorpio Tattoo

and it still hold true in this book – that moment was pure magic – Well done.

Once Hunter and David met there was an intertwining of sarcastic humour and sexual innuendo that I found really refreshing – I had a nice little smirk on my face a time or two.

So I’ll take your word for now. But if you lie to me, man, remember this. I have a boat, and I know what to do with your body.”
David grinned, then chuckled. He rose and waggled his eyebrows. “I know a few things to do with your body, too. So don’t go all crazy on me.”
Hunter headed for the front door and looked back to make sure David was following. “I’m serious, dude. You’d never be found.”
“You’ll be singing a different tune by the time I’m through with you.” David closed the door and followed the tall hunk towards the lighthouse. “If I ever get through with you,” he added quietly.
Hunter climbed the steps and pulled a set of keys from his pocket. “You’re a pretty big talker.”

Hunter’s Light ©  Jude Mason& Jenna Byrnes

There was more attention to detail in this book, from the structure of the surrounding to the ghostly apparitions that  I met and that clearly gel this book together.

I adore the support cast – I really do. They were not just there as backdrop they actually had a role and aided and probably abetted in some respect the plot of this book…

The reasoning behind the mystery is so simple it’s believable – As much as it was not my fisherman ghost that was earmarked this time, The Captain gave me my moment of shivers just as much as Annie did from the the first book and I was very pleased at how the mystery of the lighthouse was resolved.

 

Smut

Yup, Yes – Alot of it and it was damn good. Did I just say damn good, I’ll say it again It was bloody damn good.

 

Niggles

Not a lot of development was done on either of the main protags – other than personal traits, I really didn’t know anything about them. That said however lets see what the third book turns up because I felt closer to Cade and Ethan in this book than the first book and character development was my niggle with that book as well.

The ending was cutting it a little close with a lot of things left unsaid – but where it mattered the ladies got that right.

 

Cover  

Nekkid guy and no facial features, what more could i ask for, I liked. The thing of note on the cover is the picture of the inn at the bottom. While i liked it I didn’t love the overall picture. I however really really like the bottom bit, I am a storm and rain sort of person, so the overcast – eerie feel did it for me.

Erotic Horizon © Ethan’s Choice

 ETHAN'S CHOICE 

 

6 Speak To Me:

Lea on 1 September 2009 at 13:54 said...

EH!

Great review, despite the 'niggles' I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Um however Ms. mason has created a scenario where I could be easily converted to a voyeur without no pressure at at I just choked on my muffin...

You are naughty EH.. Vera, vera naughty!!! LOL

I am glad the smut factor met with expectations though!! lol

Seriously - great review sounds like and good read.

Best
L

Jenna Byrnes on 1 September 2009 at 14:34 said...

Hey EH,

Glad you liked the book. We loved revisiting Ethan and Cade. You'll be happy to know they play a prominent role in the next book, too. Unfortunately you have to wait until 2010 for that one. We're trying to do two in a row again, so books three and four should be close together.

Thanks for the lovely review!

Jenna

Erotic Horizon on 1 September 2009 at 17:03 said...

@Lea..

What can I say - I love the smut, but I love looking at the smut even more...

These ladies do know how to leave a smirk on my face...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 1 September 2009 at 17:05 said...

@Jenna...

Say it ain't so - I have to wait months and moths for another fix of these guys...

I just have to read the other releases and be satisfied...(LOL)

Congrats on the release - it's a wonderful read..

E.H>

A Buckeye Girl Reads on 2 September 2009 at 18:12 said...

This sounds like a series that I would love. It has ghosts, smut and more.:)

Erotic Horizon on 3 September 2009 at 09:22 said...

@ABGR...

All I will say is - Yes it has, very much smut I love and definitely a whole lot more...

Emjoy

E.H>